Export BMW X5
In 2019, BMW introduced the fourth generation of its midsize X5 crossover. For 2020, the X5 gets some important updates.
Both of last year’s trims return. The base xDrive40i package includes a 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, enough to get to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Meanwhile, the xDrive50i comes with a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 making 456 hp and 479 lb-ft, along with a 0-to-60 time of just 4.6 seconds. The xDrive40i and xDrive50i both include an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive (AWD).
For 2020, BMW introduces the M50i trim as the top performance option. It uses the same basic V8 and AWD system as the xDrive50i but ramped up to 523 hp and 553 lb-ft, plus a sport-tuned version of the 8-speed automatic transmission. The M50i blazes to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. You get an M Sport body kit, unique 20-inch wheels, an adaptive sport suspension, a specially tuned exhaust, uprated brakes, and a performance rear differential. Launch control and a driving mode that allows you to send all of the power to the rear wheels for maximum fun are both available. As of this writing, BMW hasn’t yet released official fuel-economy figures.
BMW will also introduce a new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) trim, the xDrive45e. It incorporates a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine with an electric motor for 394 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, and comes in at 0.3 seconds slower to 60 mph than the gas-only xDrive40i trim. As of this writing, BMW hasn’t yet released official fuel-economy figures.
The base X5 comes with plenty of standard content: adaptive LED headlights, LED fog lights, power-folding mirrors, 19-inch alloys, 16-way power front seats, leatherette upholstery, a 10-speaker sound system, a 1-year Apple CarPlay subscription, a power liftgate, a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, and a matching 12.3-inch infotainment system with navigation. Options include soft-closing doors, genuine leather, various wheel upgrades, keyless access, wireless charging, remote start, an air suspension, and laser-based headlights.
BMW includes a reversing camera, daytime pedestrian detection, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert on every X5. From there, you can tack on a head-up display (HUD), traffic-jam assist, evasion aid, adaptive cruise control, and a parking assistant. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluated the X5 last year and gave it top honors for safety.
BMW’s X5 remains an impressive midsize luxury crossover, competing against the likes of the Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Class.
The new 2017 BMW X5 handles like the company’s amazing sports sedans, which is the main reason to consider this a crossover. Currently, the 2017 BMW X5 is included in the list of the most desirable cars around the world. This machine combines all the things one can think or imagine. With excellent technical characteristics, significant exterior, a comfortable cabin, and a huge list of equipment and options to choose from. Pricing for the 2017 BMW X5 will most likely stay around the same price as previous models at around $56,000.
The front end of the SUV looks identical to most other BMWs. Headlamps are enclosed in a ring of LEDs, with adaptive Xenon bulbs as the main source of light. Most of the visual cues on this model are similar to the BMW 3 series such as the false radiator grille with interesting vertical jumpers as well as abundant chrome trim. The bumper also has a lot of aerodynamic elements which fit incredibly well in the overall design. As a result, the car can be described as bold and aggressive. Inside, the X5 shines and we’ll give you the highlights: good dash, great materials, beautiful infotainment, and better outward visibility.
Under the hood, a turbocharged 3.0 liter awaits for base model buyers. The 300 horses it comes with is plenty in rear and all wheel drive configurations. A 4.4-liter turbocharged V-8 sits atop the range and packs a punch. At 445 hp, the big V-8 charges forward with assurance: 60 mph comes up in 4.7 seconds.
The X5 can seat up to seven, but the third row isn’t very accessible or comfortable for adults.
The X5 has some pretty good options for the picking as well. The base X5 comes equipped with 19-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, 14-way power adjustable and heated front seats, wood trim, a power adjustable steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, adaptive cruise control, navigation with traffic info, panoramic moonroof, power tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, BMW telematics and remote services (such as unlocking the car via an app), and a nine-speaker stereo with HD radio.
An impressive Bang & Olufsen sound system replaced the standard nine-speaker setup (or the 16-speaker Harman Kardon system on xDrive50i models). Rear entertainment screens can be added for parents sanity on long car rides, however those two screens will set you back about six grand. Another option is a safety pack that allows the car to stop, go and help steer itself, but the operative word here is “optional”. A rearview camera is also an extra $400.
The vehicle can be order with one of three trim packages: Luxury, xLine and M Sport. Luxury Line and xLine packages bring more personalization, with coordinated interior trims that are a step more attention-getting. The xLine features satin aluminum and high-gloss finishes, while the Luxury Pacakge gets blacked-out grille chrome strips and some sporty cues. The M Sport adds a body kit, Shadowline trim, high-gloss roof rails, sport seats, an anthracite headliner, and various other high-performance cues as well as an option for an M Adaptive suspension.
As standard, the X5 is luxurious and well-equipped—not many luxury cars offer a standard power adjustable steering wheel or 14-way adjustable seats. A light touch with options can keep an X5 close to reality and we think that’s the best route.
Then come the quick packages: third-row seating, a cold weather package with heating options, driver assistance packages including a head-up display, a full LED lighting option, blind spot monitors, surround view cameras, speed limit monitors, and a Premium package with keyless entry, soft-close doors, satellite radio, and leather upholstery.
All in all, the 2017 BMW X5 is going to be a great vehicle. It includes a lot of great base options and a LOT of power, but you can also upgrade those features to customize the car more to your style. This should be a great SUV to look for in mid-2017.